Do you need an attorney to receive workers' compensation benefits?

When individuals seek workers’ compensation benefits, they are not required to hire an attorney. This means that individuals do not need an attorney to file petitions or appear before court.

However, some individuals benefit from having an attorney. Because attorneys are equipped to represent their clients best interests in legal circumstances, they can be especially helpful in complicated workers’ compensation cases.

If you or anyone you know has questions about a workers’ compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Who chooses the medical care in a workers' compensation case?

When treating employees’ workplace injuries, the employer typically provides the medical care. As part of this process, the employer usually has the right to choose the medical care provider.

If an employee is not satisfied with his health care treatment, that employee can discuss the issue with his employer or the insurance carrier. If the employee is still not satisfied, he may apply for alternate medical care to the workers’ compensation commission.

If you have questions about your treatment options for workplace injuries, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Des Moines plant manager killed in workplace accident

A manager at an Iowa plant was killed in an accident last week. According to police reports, the accident occurred at the Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines.

While plant officials did not comment on how the accident occurred, it apparently happened to one of the plant’s managers. As a result, police are still investigating the accident.

If you have lost a loved one in a plant accident, contact the Des Moines workplace accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Iowa railroad conductor awarded $33 million

A former Iowa Interstate Railroad conductor was awarded $33 million in damages for an April 2007 accident. According to court reports, the accident led to the amputation of both of the train conductor’s legs.

The award included $10 million for each loss of normal life and disfigurement, $6.3 million for pain and suffering, $2.5 million for future earnings, and $4.2 million for medical expenses. The award exceeded the Iowa Interstate Railroad’s settlement offer of $3 million.

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Eastern Iowa man killed in tractor accident

A man from eastern Iowa was killed in a tractor accident last week. According to police reports, the accident occurred near Bellevue, Iowa.

The man apparently was operating his tractor when it rolled over and somehow landed on top of him. The man was later found by a coworker and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

If you or anyone you know has been killed in a workplace accident, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



What is permanent total disability?

When individuals are injured on the job, their injury is considered a permanent total disability injury if the employees are incapable of returning to work.

In many cases, the employees will be entitled to PTD benefits. These benefits will typically last and will be payable as long as the employees remain permanently disabled.

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Who is responsible for administering workers' compensation laws?

The Division of Workers’ Compensation is responsible for administering and enforcing workers’ compensation laws. This division is headed by the workers’ compensation commissioner and is part of the Iowa Workforce Development.

While this office cannot represent either parties’ interests, it has a number of functions. It is responsible for providing information about the law and assisting in any procedural matters.

If you or anyone you know has a workers’ compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Can an employee receive workers' compensation for horseplay injuries?

Employees sometimes engage in horseplay around the office. From time to time, this horseplay results in injuries to one or more employees.

In most cases, employees who are injured as a result of horseplay cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, if the employee is not engaging in the horseplay but is injured as a result of the horseplay, then the employee may be able to recoup workers’ compensation benefits.

If you or anyone you know has been injured on the job because of horseplay, contact the Iowa workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Can employees choose their medical care if they are injured on the job?

When employees are injured on the job, they are entitled to reasonable medical care. Many employees wrongly believe that they are required to see doctors who their employers recommend. 

In most cases, they can choose their own medical care and receive care from that physician. In some cases, employers may challenge employees' diagnosis and medical treatment, and require their employees to see a third-party doctor to verify the diagnosis. 

If you or anyone you know has questions about your medical treatment for a job-related injury, contact the Des Moines Workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



Can you receive workers' compensation for transportation injuries?

Many individuals' jos require them to travel from site to site by automobile. While traveling, employees run the risk of being involved in car accidents.

If employees are injured during these car accidents, they often can consider these injuries as workplace injuries. Similar to on-site injuries, these traveling injuries can result in a workers' compensation case. 

If you have been injured while traveling to a client site, contact the Des Moines workers' transportation accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600. 



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